The warm weather of the summer opens up more coping skills. Below are a bakers dozen of ideas.
- Birdwatch – birds are dinosaurs AND they are pretty.
If you live in a city, you can still enjoy birds. Read up on pigeons, they are surprisingly fascinating. Fun fact: those pigeons you see wandering in the city are feral.
- Garden – so many people find gardening to be calming. Do you live somewhere without a yard? That’s okay, buy some pots and seeds and get to work!
- Go for a swim – if you have access to a pool, beach, or lake this is a great option (and I am jealous).
- Have a picnic – bonus points if you eat something healthy.
- Just go outside and breathe the fresh air – this is a good one if you need to de-stress while at work. Just take a 15 minute breather and you’ll likely see your performance improve in addition to your mood.
- Read a book in the shade of a tree – book, nature, you really can’t beat it.
- Ride a bike – enjoy the feel of the wind on your face.
- Spend time in nature – time to reflect or to simply be among nature can be very therapeutic.
- Take a cat nap in the sun – With our without an actual cat, a cat nap can really help you to recharge.
- Take a refreshing shower – take the time to cool off both physically and emotionally.
- Take a drive with the windows down, music up – you could listen to my depression playlist, or create you own.
- Take a walk – walks are a classic coping skill because it works for a lot of people. It seems simple, but it’s always worth a try.
- Throw a frisbee or ball around – there are a lot more frisbee types than I thought.
Remember: Sunglasses, sunscreen, and shade are your friends. Now go out and enjoy your summer to the best of your ability!